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The Second Coming: Shantala Palat’s Quirky Experiments with Ink

The Second Coming: Shantala Palat’s Quirky Experiments with Ink

Ink is a fun medium to work with. I remember when our class lectures would become a bit too tedious, I’d slyly reach out for my pen and start ‘inking’ the last few pages of my notebook—these were ubiquitously known as ‘rough’ sheets. It can be rather addictive— an artist’s tryst with ink, as Shantala Palat might tell you. Doodling casually on a rough sheet of paper is not as elaborate an affair, as planning ... Read More »

Sights and Sceneries: Glimpses of Kashmir and Ladakh

Sights and Sceneries: Glimpses of Kashmir and Ladakh

The thought of traveling to #Kashmir and exploring its scenic treats has always filled me with excitement. While my travel plans haven’t materialized yet, I indulged in a virtual tour of Kashmir and Ladakh at IIC Delhi, about a week back. Titled ‘Glimpses of Ladakh, Kashmir and the Naropa festival’, this expansive #photography project leads the viewer into the magical lands of the disputed valley and its beauteous surroundings. Lush mustard fields, the beautiful stillness ... Read More »

Syed Haider Raza: As Seen Through The Stretched Terrains of Time And Tide

Syed Haider Raza: As Seen Through The Stretched Terrains of Time And Tide

23rd July this year, marked the first death anniversary of S.H Raza; a painter whose imagination celebrated colors, ideologies, and abstraction on canvas. Raza was one of the first painters to initiate the Progressive art movement in pre-independence India, along with greats like Hussain, Souza and Bakre and Ara. After his demise last year, a lot has been said and shared about S.H Raza. To do justice to this article, I visited two exhibitions in Delhi, ... Read More »

A Day Well Spent At The Bihar Craft Festival

A Day Well Spent At The Bihar Craft Festival

The Bihar Government put up a grand show of colors in Dilli Haat during the month of March. The 15-day long Bihar Utsav from 16th to 18th March was an exhibition cum sale of lovely handicrafts and handloom products. Although the festival wasn’t widely publicized, it helped me revisit the wondrous crafts, arts and cultural traditions that flow from the thirst most populous largest state of India. Around 50 stalls led by state artisans relayed ... Read More »

Moments Of Mystical Ecstasy: In Conversation With Devendra Shukla

Moments Of Mystical Ecstasy: In Conversation With Devendra Shukla

‘Divine ecstasy’ isn’t just for the Gods. Smaller beings on this planet can enjoy a slice of heaven during the course of life itself. In search of some solace and mysticism, I made a little trip to Triveni Kala Sangam sometime back, to admire painter Devendra Shukla’s artworks. Triveni Kala Sangam opened its calm, welcoming doors and I walked straight into Mr.Shukla’s artistic abode. Colors, strokes, and murmurs… Murmurs of little stories to be told; my eyes quickly took ... Read More »

When You Are “Not Missing Anything Important”

When You Are “Not Missing Anything Important”

Artist Binay Sinha drew my attention to everything that ‘is’ important through his exhibition Not Missing Anything Important, at the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society, New Delhi. It was an exhibition where nothing was structured, and everything was curiously fragmented. Much is akin to the delirious times we live in! Making sense of contemporary life through the chaos of politics, social activism, opinions, and stereotypes is a task that the common man has at ... Read More »

Indian Art- the contemporary evolution

Indian Art- the contemporary evolution

        Indian art has been in place since the time fine arts were not even classified into the orders we know of today. The sculptures, decorative pottery, and rock paintings of the Mohenjodaro era are proof of how the people of those ancient times catered to their creative impulses. I take the liberty to call the aforementioned as art because of one simple principle. The central principle, around which all art revolves, ... Read More »

Expressions Placides- An Exhibition Where expressions reigned supreme

Expressions Placides- An Exhibition Where expressions reigned supreme

At the All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society (Delhi) in the previous month, I stumbled upon a multitude of expressions. The aura of Expressions Placides was so enchanting that it had me spell-bound for a bit before I could further explore what the exhibition had to offer. The group exhibition of paintings represented a melange of several expressions. Varinder Kaur Rozy, Akshay Verma, Nitin Majumdar, Gaurav Dahiya, K.N Shankarappa, Vinod Kumar, Dr. Guneeta Chadha, ... Read More »

How To Get Unstuck in August

  In 1984 Suzi Gablik made this observation about the effect that Modernism, and Post-Modernism, had upon art and culture: that the “values of the marketplace” had replaced or undermined any sense of a “meaning-giving function” in the art being created. Artists found themselves in a cultural and economic system that rewarded those who created commodities that met the needs of the Art Market.  As Andy Warhol stated, “why do people think artists are special? ... Read More »

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